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Old 04-01-2015, 08:45 PM   #15
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Here is a link to an article from MH magazine comparing shocks. I just bought a set of Bilstiens for my MH, I'll have them installed next week. Ford uses a dual tube Bilstien shock as OEM on their F53 frames. The Bilstien B6 aftermarket shock is mono-tube, different technology, different performance.

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correct...the bilstien oem on my f53's were horrible... but they did what ford wanted .. rode stiff
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:51 PM   #16
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Just changed factory Bilsteins out for Koni shocks at 38,000 miles. I could not believe the difference in the ride. In fact DW said this sure rides a lot better. Well worth the $$.
Ditto - I did the same, Wish I had done it earlier.
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Old 04-02-2015, 12:48 AM   #17
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The Monaco products are well suited to the Koni's. You'll be unhappy with Bilsteins on the Roadmaster chassis. If it was a gas chassis, the Bilsteins would be fine, but not on the Roadmaster DP chassis.
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Old 04-02-2015, 12:54 AM   #18
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Well, I'm certainly unhappy with the Koni's on the front of our Magna. When we get it back from Cummins I need to check what setting they're on. Hope it's the lightest and I can set them stiffer!
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Old 04-02-2015, 02:20 AM   #19
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Well, I'm certainly unhappy with the Koni's on the front of our Magna. When we get it back from Cummins I need to check what setting they're on. Hope it's the lightest and I can set them stiffer!
even though I had just bought the koni's ... I didn't drink the kool aid..

the koni 's make the ride softer till you hit a line of bumps ....or just a bad road.. they foam up and fade... they do nothing for performance...side to side or rebound.. they pack on wash board roads bad,,,,

I got rid of them and put the valved to my coach Bilstiens...

shocks are cheep and really make or ruin the ride..

our coach rides unbelievably good with the shocks ,tires and right air pressure
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Old 04-02-2015, 02:24 AM   #20
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The Monaco products are well suited to the Koni's. You'll be unhappy with Bilsteins on the Roadmaster chassis. If it was a gas chassis, the Bilsteins would be fine, but not on the Roadmaster DP chassis.
shock don't know what kind of fuel you burn
shocks that are valved right are gonna work

you need a good gas charged shock to keep the wheels planted on bumpy roads...
konis pack..
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Old 04-02-2015, 06:59 AM   #21
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I don't know about the oem or Ford bilstien's, but, I have asked others, and it seems the people with the Ride Comfort Bilstien's are happy and the one's with the heavy duty Bilstien's are not, I don't know about different model's of Koni, but I have looked into Source Engineering's custom Bilstien's
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Old 04-02-2015, 09:58 AM   #22
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I don't know about the oem or Ford bilstien's, but, I have asked others, and it seems the people with the Ride Comfort Bilstien's are happy and the one's with the heavy duty Bilstien's are not, I don't know about different model's of Koni, but I have looked into Source Engineering's custom Bilstien's
heres the deal... ford contracted with bilstien to build shocks for their coaches...their engineers designed the valving... (stiff) being there are a major amount of people that have no training what so ever that jump behind the wheel of these and go blasting down the high way...most over steer... they do what's tought automatic to ice and snow... that causes most of the tail wag and wondering...stif valaved shock help correct this at the price of very harse suspension..

the bilstiens that you buy from bilstien are valved correct to your coach.. giving it the best ride and performance possible cost effitive...

the mono design gas shock is superior to the kool aid brand in ride and control..the others "pack" and fade...horrible side to side control..

the problem here is everyone read what to do and runs out and does it...

very few will admit it wasn't all that good..

like I said before ... I put koni's on and took them off for bilstiens...

and yes I only put them on cause I read all the good..

knowing what I know about shocks I would have never chose them to begin with if I would have checked them out
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again,... heres the proof...

70 mph, no hands on the wheel 30 mph cross winds passing trucks...

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Old 04-02-2015, 10:33 AM   #24
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For those who go with Bilsteins for a smoother ride, some sites list the Bilstein part
numbers for your chassis with out indicating if they are HD or Comfitrac versions.
Be sure to find and use the correct part numbers for the Comfitrac models.
See : B6 – 46mm Shocks to download the part numbers of Comfitrac shock you need.
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Old 04-02-2015, 10:51 AM   #25
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Just curious if shocks for motorhomes age out like tires or do the wear out as the odometer clicks away? In other words can a shock that is 20 years old still function as designed with only 7,000 miles of actual use?
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I replaced my original Bilstein shocks, (with Bilsteins), at 18 years of age.... 127k miles.
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Does anyone have first hand experience Road King shocks?
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Does anyone have first hand experience Road King shocks?
I would think 400 vs 2000 would stop most people..

the road kings would be great for OTR trucks as you could rebuild and valve to the truck more precise

most rv's won't wear out the shocks soon enough to warrant the cost

that and you could just replace the bilstiens at 50k miles for new
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Bilstein B6 - 46mm Shocks for Motorhomes
Motorhomes are a great form of travel and recreation. But are they a joy to drive? Wallowing, top heavy, boat like, all phrases that have been used to describe the ride and handling of an RV. But not with Bilstein. Instead words like precise, confident, controlled and safe are what is said about a Bilstein equipped coach. With Bilstein, you won't find a generic "heavy duty" shock with ultra stiff valving and terrible ride characteristics, but rather a shock designed for your specific motorhome application providing you with a safe and compliant ride.
Bilstein RV Shocks come with Bilstein's Comfitrac® Working Piston. The Comfitrac® piston instantly reacts to sudden, high frequency road harshness, like dropping a wheel into a pothole, to deliver superior comfort and stability.
Features and Benefits:

  • Greatly increases overall vehicle stability
  • Eliminates excessive sway and bouncing
  • Improves control and handling characteristics
  • Maintains safe, smooth and comfortable ride
  • Monotube steering dampers also available for some models
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